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Wooden Shjips
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Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.


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San Francisco based art nouveau musician, Kristina Esfandiari, best known for her work with the music project Miserable, has put together a new band called, King Woman. The band recently released a single entitled, Dove/Fond Affections and is now preparing to release a 12 inch EP with Flesner Records.

If you don't know anything about King Woman, check her music out. The band creates an emotive washed out wall of sound that is experimental and leaning towards ambient art rock. Check out the title track of the new album below and keep your eyes open for the release of the 12 inch release of King Woman's EP, Dove.

December 17, 2014
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Oakland based noise punk band, MUSK has released a new music video for their cover of The Chrome Cranks song, Drag House. The music video is as visually loud and jarring as the song, cutting from one clip of uber masculine archetypes to another, ie: explosions, monsters and fast cars. No complaints here. Check out the video below!

December 16, 2014
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San Francisco based psych blues band, Sleepy Sun is playing an all ages show at Brick and Mortar Music Hall on Wednesday, December 17th. Sleepy Sun is a passion drenched veteran psych band whose music is moving and addictive. Bay Area staple, DJ Al Lover will be performing his music as well. His mixes fill a room like a psych experimental mist that washes over your ear drums and senses. SF based hard rock band, Banquet will be opening the show, making this line up a collection of heavy vibed musicians. Therefore, we think you should indulge in this upcoming show and let the experience speak for itself.

December 15, 2014
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San Francisco based synth thrash band, Le fomo is teaming up with Slow Clap Productions to host a collaborative music video sneak peak at El Rio this weekend, December 12th. They'll be premiering the avant sci fi music video for the band's single, Saganometrics.

We always say that we love unique and creative events, so this is an opportunity to grab a sneak peak at a really interesting visual arts collaboration. Get out and do something different this weekend. Celebrate with Slow Clap and Le fomo! The official release of the video will be on December 15th.

December 10, 2014
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The San Francisco based Tricycle Records band, The Union Trade is gearing up to release a new album entitled, A Place for Long Years. They current single Murmurations is an ambiant/trance indie love ballad that is ethereal and a bit mesmerizing. The full album is due for release on February 3rd. Their live album release show will occur the following day, February 4th at Rickshaw Stop on February 4th with Sunrunners.

December 09, 2014
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San Francisco/ Baltimore based garage pop rock band, Icky Boyfriends will be opening for the iconic San Francisco (now Los Angeles implants) band, Thee Oh Sees. Icky Boyfriends are an interesting band to open for Thee Oh Sees because their music is sludgy, primitive and wild. You'll have a good time tonight and tomorrow night at The Chapel. That's right, you'll have two opportunities to see this interesting line up. Buy your tickets as soon as you can for this show is liable to sell out an hour or two before it starts!

December 04, 2014
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